Center for Educational Opportunity Programs

About Us


The mission of the University of Kansas GEAR UP Diploma+ program, a partnership with Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, is to help the graduating classes of 2023 and 2024 develop the academic skills needed to enroll and succeed in postsecondary education. College-and-career-readiness programming, academic support, and college financial planning will empower families and educators to help our students succeed in a global society.


All current students in the graduating classes of 2023 and 2024 of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools district may participate in the KU GEAR UP Diploma+ program. The program serves all clusters and Sumner Academy.


  • Academic skill-building & advising
  • Summer camps
  • Enrichment activities
  • Campus visits & experiences
  • Career exploration
  • Financial literacy education
  • Parent retreats & skill-building workshops
  • Family events
  • Classroom assistance (mentor/tutor)
  • Instructional strategy & techniques


Center for Educational Opportunity Programs

The Center for Educational Opportunity Programs (CEOP) is building a legacy of learners and leaders through a commitment to educational equity. CEOP programs provide support for academic, financial, social, and career goals to students and families by partnering with Kansas school districts and communities in Douglas, Franklin, Leavenworth, Shawnee, Wyandotte counties, and serves communities throughout Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa. Additionally, CEOP provides evaluation support to programs in Kansas and Tennessee.

Achievement and Assessment Institute

CEOP is one of six centers housed within The Achievement & Assessment Institute (AAI) at the University of Kansas which exists to improve the performance of students, adults, and public agencies throughout local, state and national communities. AAI and its centers partner with numerous agencies to improve the lives of children and adults through academics, employment, career advancement and building healthy environments, as well as to enhance the capacity of organizations that help children, adults and communities succeed. AAI was established in 2012 through the merger of the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation, established in 1983, and the Institute for Educational Research and Public Services, established in 1997. Both organizations have long track records of successfully building partnerships and programs that support the achievement of young children, school-aged children, adults, and publicly-funded agencies. In July 2013, AAI became one of 12 designated university research centers and institutions by KU’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies.